We show you a list of the best winter fruits and vegetables to return to a nutrient-rich and healthy menu after Christmas
The month of January alerts us that Christmas is over, and also reminds us that it is time to return to our healthy eating routines. The parties imply those lunches and dinners in which we eat more fat than we would like. Therefore, it is very useful and important to know which are the best winter fruits and vegetables, those that are in season. Thus, we can prepare our daily menus with healthy and seasonal foods, to enjoy their best characteristics.
It is important that we are very aware of all the benefits that seasonal foods bring us. And it is that consuming products in their natural time of year, and coming from local orchards is the best we can do.
In this way, we can take advantage of all the nutrients in food, as well as enjoy its taste and appearance at its best. In addition, consuming seasonal foods means not buying imported products from other places, so we will be helping to preserve the natural cycle of fruits and vegetables.
With all these advantages, it is clear that it is best to know what winter fruits and vegetables are in order to get the most out of them during these months.
These are the best winter fruits and vegetables
Citrus fruits are at their best in the winter months, making them the star fruit between December and March. Although they can begin to be harvested in the middle of autumn, it is during the winter when they present their best characteristics. Within citrus we can include orange, mandarin, lemon and grapefruit.
Citrus fruits provide us with vitamins A and C, perfect to keep our defenses always alert. They are also beneficial fruits to show off radiant skin.
In addition, they are foods that can be consumed beyond how a mere dessert. Lemon juice is used in many dishes and recipes, such as to dress salads and even beef carpaccio dishes. The orange, for its part, can be included in salads. Both orange and lemon can be used in meat stews, such as chicken or duck, and also fish.
Kiwi is another of the foods that is on the list of winter fruits and vegetables. Kiwi provides vitamin C, just like citrus fruits, but it is also a perfect food to promote digestion and combat constipation.
The minerals present in kiwi fruit help protect bones. This product is rich in folic acid, a substance especially necessary for pregnant women. Together with vitamin C, it supports the immune system thus avoiding colds and colds. Do you need more reasons to include kiwi in your daily diet?
The apple is also a good product to consume during the beginning of winter, although it must be borne in mind that from February it is no longer its optimal season.
In addition, the apple is also perfect to take in other dishes and recipes, such as in stews or in sweets, such as apple pie.
The list of winter fruits and vegetables contains a wide variety of vegetables that we can consume during the coldest months of the year in their best conditions.
Swiss chard is a very popular vegetable in our country, and also in Europe. In addition to containing a large number of vitamins beneficial to health, they are characterized by being rich in iron and fiber. The latter is very positive for proper intestinal transit.
We have already told you about the artichoke on occasion. In short, it is a seasonal food in winter that prevents cholesterol and is a great natural digestive. In addition, they can be included in numerous dishes and recipes. Do you dare to prepare artichokes in any of its many forms?
Celery is one of the winter vegetables that is not lacking in most soups and stews. And it is that it has beneficial properties for humans. It is an antioxidant, diuretic and cleansing food. It can be consumed both cooked and raw, in salads and as an accompaniment to hummus, for example.
If we talk about winter fruits and vegetables, we cannot forget about the eggplant. This food, also antioxidant and rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C and E . It is a product with which you can prepare multiple dishes. From aubergine cake to stuffed aubergine, to using it as a complement or ingredient for pasta, rice or stews.
It is said that one of the healthiest foods we can find is precisely broccoli. It contains numerous vitamins, proteins, minerals such as iron and nutrients that provide great benefits to people's health.
We have already told you that thistle is a very typical product in some regions of Spain for the Christmas holidays, and this is so because it is among the most typical winter fruits and vegetables.
With béchamel or nuts, it is configured as a very tasty dish and, of course, very healthy.
Red cabbage and cauliflower
Both red cabbage (the purple one) and cauliflower are winter vegetables found this season at its best. Here are some ways to cook this food that you will love.
Endives are a great way to eat vegetables, for example, as an appetizer or first course. If we accompany them with a fruit and / or vegetable mince or a cheese sauce (blue, if you like it, the better), they are perfect.
Cabbages and cabbages
Cabbage is not only the main vegetable in many stews, but together with collards - which now have to be called kale if one wants to go modern - they form a perfect pair of vegetables to prepare soups, stir-fries or even omelets and salads.
Leek is another winter fruit and vegetable that is not lacking in vegetable broths and creams. With this ingredient we make Vichyssoise, one of the healthiest vegetable creams. It can also be used for sauces.
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